Market women, Okada riders, residents defy Fayose’s order to stay indoors

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Commercial vehicles grounded by Fayose to stall APC’s rally but the people defied his order and walked to the stadium for APC rally

Many residents of Ekiti State on Tuesday defied Governor Ayodele Fayose’s order for them to stay indoors to disgrace President Muhammadu Buhari who was visiting the state for the mega rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

Governor Ayo Fayose had in a statewide broadcast earlier in the day, directed them to stay at home and refuse to welcome the president.

The governor had also directed residents, especially commercial drivers and motorcyclists to withdraw their services from the roads.

The governor also ordered that public offices and major markets in the city be closed and residents to stay indoors to slight the visiting president.

As a result of the governor’s order, all offices in the State Secretariat were on Tuesday closed.

Contrary to the governor’s order, many commercial drivers came out to operate, while many market men and women also transacted their businesses.

However, those of them in support of the governor acted differently, as they parked their vehicles at the Government House where the governor was holding a counter rally.

Fayose said the transporters would remain indoors until 4 p.m. when the APC rally would have ended.

Normal commercial activities went on normally on Tuesday with a good number of commercial drivers and motorcyclists plying the routes.

For several hours, taxi cabs and Okada riders picked passengers at bus stops along Ikere Road, Ilawe Road, Adebayo, Old Garage, Basiri, Old Garage, Odo Ado and Oke Ila, among others.

Every minute, market women thronged the popular Oja Oba and Bisi Market, contrary to Fayose’s order that the market be closed.

APC members were seen in many parts of the city trooping to the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, venue of the rally, which ultimately became full before 12 noon.

Heavy security was mounted in every corner of Ado Ekiti, as President Muhammadu Buhari led top notchers of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to Ekiti for the Grand Finale of the party’s mega rally for Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) covering the rally report that it was not easy for people with no direct relevance to the rally to enter the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, venue of the rally, as thorough search and scrutiny were carried out on virtually every passer-by by security personnel.

President Muhammadu Buhari

Their activity was complemented by air surveillance by men of the Nigeria Police Force.